Small Business Diva

August 22, 2008

Handy Computer Shortcuts

Filed under: Time Management,Tips & Tricks,Work from Home — smallbusinessdiva @ 11:00 am
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There are lots and lots of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to save time when using the computer. I know some regular readers already use these shortcuts, but I also know there are others who aren’t aware of them.

Here’s a list of the most common shortcuts. These can be used in MS Word but you will find that they will usually work just the same in most other MicroSoft programs and in fact, in many other applications too.

For these shortcuts, first highlight the text concerned, then:

  • Copy – hold down CTRL and the ‘C’ key
  • Paste – CTRL + V
  • Cut – CTRL + X
  • Undo – CTRL + Z
  • Repeat – CTRL + Y
  • Underline – CTRL + U
  • Bold – CTRL + B
  • Italics – CTRL + I
  • Open a Document – CTRL + O
  • Save a Document CTRL + S
  • Print a Document – CTRL + P
  • Close a Document – CTRL + W
  • Select Everything – CTRL + A
  • Help – F1

There are lots more but I’ll share those with you another time. For now, if you’re not used to using the shortcut keys, just pick one or two of these functions that you use often and practise using them. Once you’re familiar with those and remember them by heart, choose another couple and start using those. Before you know it, you’ll be a whizz with all these shortcuts.

Here’s to your success in business…




  1. How many years have I been using a computer and STILL didn’t know most of these 😉 Thanks!

    Comment by annettepiper — August 25, 2008 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  2. You’re welcome Annette. I’ll be posting some more soon.

    Once you start using a couple of shortcuts regularly, you’ll quickly start doing them without even thinking about it and will wonder how you managed to do it any other way 🙂

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — August 26, 2008 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  3. […] someone to reinvent the wheel, here is a link to Handy Computer Shortcuts from Donna-Marie. I hope you find them […]

    Pingback by Business Mums Blog » Blog Archive » Thursday Tips - Computer shortcuts — August 28, 2008 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  4. I was happy to see you mentioned the most important one of all – Ctrl+Z … can’t live without my undo button! 🙂

    Comment by Kirsty — September 22, 2008 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  5. I agree with you Kirsty – that’s definitely my favourite too 🙂

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — September 22, 2008 @ 11:47 am | Reply

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